Webinar: Breaking the cycle of recurrent fracture (Aug. 2)

How a research partnership between patients, health providers, decision makers and researchers is improving the lives of people with osteoporosis

August 2, 2017

About the Webinar:

This webinar highlights a patient-oriented research team’s project to address a gap in osteoporosis care identified by patients and health providers. Dr. Sonia Singh brought together a group of leaders, health care providers and patients from Fraser Health’s Emergency, Surgery, Older Adult, Home Health and Primary Care. Their aim was to develop a health care model that would prevent additional breaks in patients admitted to hospital with an initial fracture. A CIHR planning grant was secured to develop a new program after a literature review and a stakeholder meeting that invited national and international experts in the field. The new program was developed and tested in a research study that was funded through three sources.  Results were so impressive that local decision makers have found a way to fund the program on a permanent basis.

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to:

  • Describe a process for bringing together a patient-oriented research team of all four stakeholder groups (patients, health providers, decision makers and researchers)
  • Describe a process for securing funding from multiple sources for a patient-oriented research project
  • Describe a project’s success in being funded by a health authority

About Our Presenters:

Dr. Sonia Singh is a hospitalist physician and osteoporosis consultant based at Peace Arch Hospital in White Rock, as well as the Regional Medical Director for Research development in the Fraser Health Authority. She has been an early adopter of patients as research partners, in research addressing care gaps in osteoporosis management, and in participatory action research around health of Elders with First Nations communities​.

Larry Funnell is a long-time volunteer with Osteoporosis Canada, and a past Chair of the Canadian Osteoporosis Patient Network and a former member of OC’s National Board of Directors. He sits on the Guidelines Committee of OC’s Scientific Advisory Council, is a member of the COPN Executive Committee and he recently accepted an appointment as a Research Ambassador for the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis of the Canadian Institute of Health Research. Larry was diagnosed with osteoporosis in 1998 after suffering his eighth fracture. Effective treatment and lifestyle changes have kept him fracture free for more than 17 years.

Teresa O’Callaghan, RN, is Clinical Operations Director at Peace Arch Hospital. Teresa is passionate about improving quality of care and patient experience with an emphasis on empowering people to optimise their health and wellbeing outside of an acute care environment.


Connecting to the Webinar:


A few minutes before the meeting start time:

1. Click the Meeting Link: https://goo.gl/7mytuH

2. Once connected to WebEx online, you need to connect to the audio side:

  • Click the Connect to Audio button
  • If you have a microphone and speakers or a webcam with a microphone, select Call using Computer (preferred).
  • Otherwise, select I Will Call In, pick up your telephone handset, and enter these three things:
  • phone number: 1-855-244-8680
  • access code:  807 964 679
  • your attendee number, as displayed in WebEx once you’re connected

If needed, the meeting password is Network10 (case sensitive).